That was the year that was

Ten years ago we were updating the arrangements for the Trust and setting out our aims, 2020 Vision, which were mostly achieved. 2020 had promised an exceptional programme of Alvis Centenary related events, most of which became Covid victims, but we were able to continue our programme of archiving and keeping in touch with other enthusiasts for the marque.

This website continued to attract new Followers around the world. The number of visitors increased to 25,856 (2019: 20,143) who viewed 124,831 pages (2019: 117,605). The most popular posts and pages and the countries viewing them were as follows:

We expanded the range of digital car handbooks available and emailed copies to enquirers on request. More historic AOC Bulletins were made available for immediate download. The process of digitising archive material continues to be the prime activity of the Trust together with constantly updating and verifying the data held which records the history of the cars and other products. Our other websites  and also continued to provide new information. 

A consequence of having few opportunities to entertain visitors at our Bowcliffe Hall offices meant that for the first time our expenses for the year exceeded our donations by over £1,600. Our basic annual outgoings are £6,000 to house and display the collection and if we are to continue providing this facility we need your support to supplement the annual donations of the Alvis Owner Club of £1,000 and those of the current Members.

You can make a simple one off donation here Becoming a Friend where you can request an application form if you would like to become a Member of the Trust .

The Trustees are meeting by Zoom to discuss the next stage of our development, with new trustees being appointed and a new Vision for 2030.

The last post, Eagle Eyed, created some positive responses including two photos of a Crested Eagle from Dan Geoghegan

13747 Crested Eagle TA25 Mayfair last heard of in Abergavenny – is it still around?
Still in Wales…….
The TE21 27122 previously owned by Colin Birch. Nick Simpson acquired and restored it. He changed the registration number to AX 310, which he retained when he sold the car and it became EHY 637C as Bristol wouldn’t recover the original number, (or the correct suffix for a 1964 car!) See Nick’s comment on the last post.

…and finally, to Chris Prince where it remains as a spares car.

A donation of some TE21 related material came from a former owner of another TE21, which is currently licensed and Motd but the current owner is unknown to us. If this is your car, please get in touch.

27248 TE21 Dhc seen at IAW with Earley Engineering

Colin Newby passed on some photos of early Three Litre rallying, some of which appeared in the 50th Anniversary Three Litre Collection he compiled with Mick Fletcher.

25445 OWK 605 TC21/100 driven here in the Forest of Bowland by Ronnie Adams from Lisburn, Ulster to fourth place overall in the 1955 RAC International 2,000 mile round Britain rally. Co driver was D A Wilkins – they won the over 2-litre production car class. The overall winner was a Standard 10 – another Coventry product. The car featured in Autosport of July 1st, 1955 tested by John Bolster. Another article by Michael Clayton for Autocar describes this car’s 3,000 miles travelled following the Monte Carlo Rally, when it already had 25,000 miles on the clock.
24859 TA21 MRW 153. Scrutineering, in the 4th International Rally of GB, March 9th to 14th 1954 driver Ronnie Adams, believed to be the one in the white jumper.

Wayne Brooks has also completed a major exercise in producing updated Model Registers in downloadable pdf format which we will continue rolling out over the coming year. The issue of these by the AOC stopped in 2009 when it was decided to set up an on line database.

We have a limited number of the original Registers which also included historic owner information in the form of membership numbers. This information is still recorded but is available only on request.

Author: alvisarchive

Driving Alvis cars since 1964 and the website since 2012

3 thoughts on “That was the year that was”

  1. Hope this reply gets to the right person Wayne Brooks.
    We would be most interested to know of the early history of our two Alvi . eg first UK owners if any? (before exported to NZ?)
    1932 Firefly SA 9979 Eng No 10708 ( original No 10430 now as a spare)
    Delivered to J H Galt Glasgow 5-11-32

    1959 TD 21 Eng & chassis No 26169 Reg No CZ 4391 Imported from UK by NZ Customs 26-3-65.
    I am the 5th NZ owner in NZ but who was the first owner in the UK?
    Both of which appear on the index list under the Model listing.

    Thank you for the most interesting and informative articles on our very special cars.

    Best Regards
    John Speight

    1. A record shows TD21 26169 was sold new by Brooklands of Bond Street, London on 27/11/1959. The registration CZ4391 appears to be a Belfast, N.I. registration from 1934. If it is a Belfast plate, a previous owner may have transferred the plate from another car.

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